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Maria do Mar

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 1930
  • José Leitão de Barros
  • 104 mins

Summary

Falacha is the captain of a fishing boat of Nazaré who lost part of his men in a shipwreck. Among them was the husband of Aunt Aurélia, who holds Falacha responsible for this tragedy. A few years later, Maria, Falacha's daughter, falls in love with Manuel, Aurélia's son, which makes the two young people the new Romeo and Juliet. As for Falacha, he succumbs to social pressure and commits suicide...

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

The reputation of Manoel de Oliveira casts such a long shadow over Portuguese cinema that it's easy to forget that there were not only accomplished film-makers who predated him, but also those whose work inspired his own. Two things are significant about José Leitao de Barros's silent melodrama. Firstly, it marries the Soviet visual style with the authenticity that would characterise both the British documentary movement and Italian neorealism. But, secondly, this tale of feuding fisherfolk is impassioned to the point of provocation, with the non-professionals of Nazaré revelling in their roles, while also providing an invaluable record of everyday life.

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Credits

Cast

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Maria do MarRosa Maria
ManuelOliveira Martins
Aunt AuréliaAdelina Abranches
FalachaAlves da Cunha
Falacha's wifePerpetua dos Santos
"Peru"Horta E Costa
"Lacraio"Antonio Duarte

Crew

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DirectorJosé Leitão de Barros

Details

Languages
Formats
Black and white
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